Updated on December 17 at 6:35 p.m. EST
Federal agents arrested on Thursday a friend of one of the San Bernardino shooters who prosecutors say purchased assault weapons that were used in the deadly attack this month.
The FBI arrested Enrique Marquez, 24, a longtime friend and former neighbor of Syed Rizwan Farook, the man who, along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people and wounded 21 others in a shooting rampage at his office holiday party in California earlier this month.
The criminal complaint alleges that Marquez, a resident of Riverside, California, provided “material support—including himself, a firearm, and explosives—for crimes of terrorism.” He was also charged with conspiracy for planning terrorist attacks with Farook in 2011 and 2012 that were never carried out; the illegal purchase of two AR-15-style rifles used in the shooting and explosive material that was eventually used to build a pipe bomb found at the center where the shooting occurred; and immigration fraud, for entering a “sham” marriage with a member of Farook’s family, who paid Marquez $200 a month, so that she could remain in the U.S., according to the Department of Justice.
Marquez, who was not directly involved in the San Bernardino shooting, is the first person to be charged in connection with the attack. The Department of Justice said Marquez and Farook met in 2005, and Marquez became radicalized soon after:
After their initial meeting, Farook introduced Marquez to Islam, and, in 2007, Marquez converted to Islam. Farook later introduced Marquez to radical Islamic ideology, which included expressing disdain towards Muslims in the U.S. military who killed other Muslims, as well as discussing the extremist views of the now-deceased imam and Islamic lecturer Anwar al-Aulaqi. Over the next few years, Farook provided Marquez with radical Islamic materials, and by 2011, Marquez spent most of his time at Farook’s residence listening to lectures and watching videos involving radical Islamic content. Those materials included Inspire Magazine, the official publication of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and videos produced by Al-Shabaab.
Like Malik, Marquez went with Farook to target ranges to practice shooting, prosecutors said.